Do I Need Fireplace Doors?
If you pay attention to fireplaces, you may have noticed that most new fireplaces have doors on them. Fireplace doors have become a standard fireplace feature for good reason. There are many benefits of adding glass doors to a fireplace. Whether you use your fireplace frequently or rarely light up the hearth, installing doors on a fireplace is a smart investment.
These are the top 5 reasons that we recommend adding doors to your fireplace:
• Reduce Safety Risks
The most important reason to add glass doors to your fireplace is for safety. Without glass doors, there is a greater chance that your child might stick a curious hand into the fire or get burned by hot embers. Your furry friend could also get hurt by getting to close to the fire or touching hot ashes. Installing fireplace doors is the best way to protect small children and animals from the fire.
Along with the reducing the risk of burns and injuries, glass doors also reduce the risk of a house fire. Stray sparks can escape the hearth and ignite nearby furniture or carpet. Glass doors eliminate this risk.
• Improve Efficiency (Eco-Friendly)
Adding fireplace doors can make your fireplace more efficient and environmentally friendly. According to experts, it can nearly triple the heat produced by the fire. The reason for this is that the closed off combustion process helps the fire burns hotter and cleaner. Improved fireplace efficiency is good for the environment because efficient fires release less volatile gases into the atmosphere.
• Lower Heating & Cooling Costs
Fireplace doors can lower your heating and cooling costs whether you use your fireplace or not. There are two ways that they can decrease your HVAC costs.
The first way they can reduce your heating costs is by turning your fireplace into a more effective heating appliance. With three times the heat coming out of your fireplace, you may be able to turn down your thermostat and comfortably zone heat your living area with your fireplace.
The second way fireplace doors can reduce your HVAC costs is by preventing heated and cooled air from escaping. Even when the fireplace damper is closed, heated and cooled air can slip through. The more air escapes through your chimney, the harder your HVAC system must work to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In contrast, fireplace doors seal tightly and prevent air from slipping out.
• Eliminate Back Drafts
Glass doors don’t only prevent heated and cooled air from slipping out, they also prevent back drafts from coming down the chimney. This doesn’t only prevent cold gusts of air from making your shiver. It also prevents smoke, carbon monoxide and hot embers from coming into your home.
• Give Fireplace a Makeover
Installing fireplace doors can update the look of your fireplace. There are many different designs for fireplace doors today. Designs range from sleek and modern to ornate. Adding doors to your fireplace is a simple way to update the look of your fireplace.
What do you think? Are fireplace doors right for you?
If you’ve decided to invest in fireplace doors, give us a call! We can answer your questions and expertly install your fireplace’s new glass doors.